Registration for this course is open until Sunday, 31.12.2023 23:59.


Registration in LSF

Written on 06.11.23 by Sven Bugiel

Dear all, the study coordination informed us that the registration in LSF should be open from today. Registration is required until Nov 20! If you intend to pitch and earn the CP, please register in LSF!

Discord server created

Written on 31.10.23 by Giancarlo Pellegrino

Dear students,
The link to the discord server is available in the material section.



This lecture series gives comprehensive insights and hands-on experience into the founders' activities in the vicinity of cybersecurity and the entrepreneurial world. 

This lecture series covers talks by international and successful founders, sharing their journey as entrepreneurs and founders with you, including their take and the lessons learned. At the same time, this lecture series features guest lecturers, each covering a different aspect of the entrepreneurial world, such as venture capitalists, communication and marketing experts, and consultants for entrepreneurs.

Finally, this lecture series entails developing and presenting concrete, marketable, and innovative ideas, where students, organized in teams, identify a new product idea, do the necessary background research, and pitch it to an audience.

Please note that while this lecture is aimed at the Entrepreneurial Cybersecurity Masters Program students for grading and achieving the credit points, we invite everyone interested to attend the talks even when not participating to get credit points!

Schedule of the Presentations

This lecture usually takes place every Monday from 14:15 to 16:00 in CISPA C0, 0.05. However, there will be a few exceptions for date and location. Please check the highlighted exceptions below.

Date Time Presenter Room URL / Topic
Oct 30 14:15 – 16:00 Sven Bugiel and Giancarlo Pellegrino C0, 0.05
  • Introduction and kick-off meeting
  • Presentation of the tech transfer team
Nov 6 14:15 – 16:00

Beth Susanne

C0, 0.05
Nov 13 14:15 – 16:00

Lukas Bieringer (QuantPI)

C0, 0.07
Nov 20 16:15 – 18:00 Jun.-Prof. Dr. Benedikt Schnellbächer C0, 0.05
Nov 27       None
Dec 4 14:15 – 16:00

Dr. Peter Manfred Memminger

C0, 0.05
Dec 11 14:15 – 16:00

To be announced

Dec 18 14:15 – 16:00

Felix Magedanz (Hanko)

C0, 0.05
🎅 No presentations between Dec 25 and Jan 1 🎅
Jan 8 18:15 – 20:00 Brian Silverstein (MirrorTab) Zoom
Jan 15 14:15 – 16:00

Pedram Amini (InQuest)

C0, 0.05
Jan 22 14:15 – 16:00 To be announced    
Jan 29 14:15 – 16:00

To be announced

Feb 5 14:15 - 16:00 Prof. Dr. Sandro Etalle (SecurityMatters) C0, 0.05


Lecture Organization


1. Weekly presentations and Q&A

Roughly every week will be a presentation either by a founder, a venture capitalist, or experts, e.g., in the area of marketing, business, or customer acquisition. A Q&A follows each talk with the presenter. 

Students task (mandatory for CP): In preparation for the Q&A session, every student has to prepare by checking the startup and supplemental material (URLs are in the schedule) and submit via the CMS 2-3 questions they would ask in the Q&A. Questions could be related to the niche in the market that the company occupies, the target group they aim at, pitfalls and challenges, etc.


2. Development of a Project Idea

Each team/student will develop a project idea or new product.

Ideas/products can be entrepreneurial ideas you plan to pursue or potential/hypothetical (yet based on actual research, more below). ECS students are strongly encouraged to present the project idea they plan to develop or use this lecture series to create one. 

When developing the project idea, we expect each team/student to:

  • Define the problem and new idea/product intends to solve, e.g., who will use the proposed idea and for doing what? Is there a market already? Who are the competitors? Will the new idea create a new market?
  • Identify the unique selling point of the proposed solution
  • Cover similar ideas and elaborate on how the new idea differentiates from previous solutions
  • Prepare a plan covering requirements analysis, funding, and team description, e.g., what are the technical requirements to realize the idea? How does the team plan to fulfill those requirements? What skills are necessary, and how does the current team fit the project and cover necessary/required skills?

Developing the idea requires extensive research. Students must document their effort and report them in a final report and prepare a pitch of their ideas (a short presentation).

Students task (mandatory for CP): Each team must submit the following artifacts

  1. (mid-term requirement) A link to a video recording of the first pitch draft
  2. (mid-term requirement) Comments to other teams' pitch draft
  3. (end-term requirement) The slide deck PDF file of the final version of the pitch, integrating comments and feedback
  4. (end-term requirement) The final report PDF file


3. Final Joint Event

At the end of the semester, we will have a joint 1-day event where every student/team delivers the pitch of their ideas in front of an audience. 

To this end, the CISPA faculty will provide a short list of recent research results with potential for tech transfer into a product, and students/teams should derive their product idea and pitch from this list. This list avoids the need to reveal any real business idea that students already have in mind. At the same time, this day also provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and thoughts with the CISPA faculty.

To prepare for this event, in the introduction, you'll get to know

  • General guidelines for entrepreneurial pitches
  • A typical pitch structure
  • How to motivate your topic

Students' task (mandatory for CP): Each team must participate and deliver the final version of the pitch in front of a jury. 


Requirements and Grading

The following only applies to participants that want to get CP.

See this page.

Important dates

  • Kickoff: Oct 30, 14:15, CISPA C0, 0.05
  • Mid-term requirements deadlines:
    • Submit link of video recording: TBD
    • Submit comments of teams' video recording: TBD
  • End-term requirements deadlines:
    • Submit PDF slide deck: TBD 
    • Submit PDF report: TBD
    • Participate to the final event and deliver the pitch


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